Deborah Gerner Grant For Professional Development

The Deborah “Misty” Gerner Grant for Professional Development (“Gerner Award”) is awarded by the Women’s Caucus for International Studies (WCIS) and sponsored by Lynne Rienner Publishers. Deborah Gerner (1956-2006) was a much-loved and inspirational scholar who worked extensively on contributing to conflict resolution and peace in the Middle East. She was also a great advocate for women scholars in the international relations discipline.

The $2,000 grant is intended to support activities during the early stages of an academic career (primarily at the assistant professor level, though requests from individuals at the late stages of dissertation research also will be considered). The kinds of activities appropriate for grant funding include, but are not restricted to, travel to a professional conference or workshop; conducting field research; and the purchase of books, software, databases, etc., needed for research.


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While there are no restrictions on the subject of a candidate’s research or teaching area, preference will be given to applicants whose proposals reflect Misty Gerner’s concerns with conflict resolution, achieving peace in the Middle East, and/or the role of women in international relations.

  1. Documentation: The candidate should document (a) the need for the professional development activity to be supported by the grant, (b) how the funds would be spent, (c) the appropriateness of the proposed venue/purchase, and (d) the feasibility of the proposed project/activity within the specified time frame.
  2. Stage of Academic Career: As noted above, the applicant should be in the early stages of her/his academic career, i.e., within 5 years after receiving their PhD (primarily at the assistant professor level, including assistant professor, assistant lectuer, fellow, and research fellow, though requests from individuals at the late stages of dissertation research also will be considered).
  3. ISA Membership: Although there will be no administrative costs deducted from this award and the opportunity is open to both Members and Non-Members of ISA, any Non-Member recipient must immediately join the Association to receive this award in order to maintain ISA’s tax-exempt status.
  4. Final Report: Within one-year of being awarded the grant, the recipient is expected to submit a final report to the WCIS chair describing the activities accomplished with the funds.
  • One recipient of the Gerner Award will receive a prize of $2000.
  • A plaque is presented at the WCIS/FTGS/LGBTQA reception at the ISA annual convention. 
  • The WCIS Executive Committee will rank applications/candidates with the final selection made by Lynne Rienner.
  • Please submit the following in PDF format by email to the WCIS Gerner Award Chair, Dr. Aakriti Tandon,  with a complete Curriculum Vitae; a brief narrative describing proposed project/activity (one-page); and a budget (one-page).
  • Nominations/applications deadline: November 15, 2022.
  • Please note that WCIS Executive Committee members are not eligible to apply.



Congratulations to Katharine Petrick, the 2021 recipient of the Deborah Gerner Grant For Professional Development! See the previous recipients below.



2021 Katharine Petrich
2020 Mariam F. Alkazemi
2019 Dahlia Simangan
2018 Malliga Och and Burcu Pinar Alakoc
2017 Nora Fisher Onar
2016 Ana Bracic
2015 Roberta Fiske-Rusciano
2014 Sarah S. Bush
2013 Christine Balarezo
2012 Linda Akua Opongmaa Darkwa
2011 Wendy Pearlman
2010 Maia Carter Hallward
2009 Sarah Salwen
2008 Dana Zartner Falstrom
2007 Carrie Booth Walling


Dr. Aakriti Tandon, | Chair
February 2022 - March 2023

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